Rating: 80/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, October '04
Label: Dragonheart Records
Epic Power Metal

Emperor Of The Black Runes

The Epic Power Metal band Domine from Italy are back with their fourth album called “Emperor Of The Black Runes”. I must admit, that it took me numerous listens to really get into this album.

These guys play fast Epic Power metal with powerful riffs, soaring vocals and galloping rhythms with a symphonic edge. Songs like “The Aquilonia Suite”, “The Prince In The Scarlet Robe (The Three Who Are One – part 1) and “The Sun Of The New Season”, are some of the best Epic/Power Metal songs I have heard in a long time.

However it really took me quite a long time before this album opened up to me. With this album Domine finally made another step towards the Epic/power metal-olympus. So, if you are into Epic-bombastic-power metal with a symphonic edge, then I think you should at least give Domine a chance.

Recommended tracks: “The Aquilonia Suite”, “The Prince In The Scarlet Rope”, "Icarus Ascending” and “The Sun Of The New Season”.